1797 Walk

1797. Shipwrecked sailors are thrown up on the Ninety Mile Beach near Wilsons Promontory. The nearest white settlement is Sydney town in Port Jackson some six hundred miles away. They’re desperate. There’s no hope of rescue. Their only chance is to start walking. The going’s not too difficult at first while they’re walking along the beach. When their food runs out they need the help of Aborigines who have never before seen white men. The perils begin to mount. None of them have any idea of how to deal with the Australian countryside. It’s not too long before things start to get really difficult.

Sticking resolutely to the coastline, in the beginning they made good progress along the beach. As their problems compounded they made first contact with the Koori people, whose help along the way was invaluable.